Program: Therapeutic Recreation
Year of study: Third year
How and why did you decide to attend Memorial for your degree?
I wanted to further my education and decided the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Memorial was the best fit for me.
What drew you to your chosen degree?
I enjoy working with people and making a difference in their lives.
What motivated you to choose this job?
I felt this job was the best fit to my program of study and would teach me the most. This position reflects my academic studies at Memorial perfectly and is very much like a position I would want to be in, in the future.
What are the responsibilities with this current job?
As Intervention Coordinator I manage the Intervention Program that CNIB offers for six weeks during the summer. I also help in planning the CNIB Family Camp as well as run appointments in the Snoezelen room with clients.
What career highlight would you like to share from your current work place?
I would say the best highlight thus far is seeing positive changes and progress in clients you work with.
What did you learn in your program of study that helped in your work term?
In my program of study I was taught a lot about program development based on the individual client, which is always important when tailoring to specific needs. I have used this skill everyday while working at CNIB and tailor each program plan around the specific needs of that individual I’m working with.
What is a typical day for you at your work place?
A typical day at CNIB is unheard of! Every day is different and your planned days could change on a whim. You have to be quick thinking on your feet and good in a crunch for time as you will always be working with people. There are daily snoezelen room appointments as well as paper work for the Summer Intervention Program, but any given day could be a road trip to visit clients.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received through your co-op experience?
The best piece of advice that I have received while working with CNIB is to always be thinking, “What did I do to include that person?” Within my field of study this is critical. If you are planning for a group activity or even an individual one on one activity, you need to keep this in your mind to benefit the clients you work with.
What advice would you give a student who is unsure of what to study?
I would tell a student who is unsure of what to study to find something they enjoy doing whether it makes a lot of money or not. In the long run, you want your job to be an enjoyable place that you want to go to everyday.
What are you most looking forward to within the next few years?
Within the next few years I look forward to graduating from the Therapeutic Recreation program and working in a position related to my field of study. I enjoy my work and if this work term is an indication of what a Therapeutic Recreation job will be like, then I look forward to each day helping clients reach their goals.